Friday, April 05, 2019
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Polish tourist Eva zu Beck shares her vision about the future of tourism in Pakistan

With eight of the world’s 20 tallest mountains, Pakistan should be the epicentre of world’s trekking, adventures and mountain tourism, says Beck

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Polish tourist/vlogger Eva zu Beck who rose to fame last year performing the Kiki challenge on Pakistan’s state-run airlines, PIA has shared her experience on visiting Pakistan.

In a video posted on social media, the traveller said over the last year she travelled far and wide in Pakistan and now she and said she would like to share what she believes is the future of tourism in Pakistan.

Beck said, “See, most of my friends start to chuckle when I tell them this, but it’s really no joke, but I believe Pakistan can be the world’s number one tourism destination. It really can.”

She then proceeds to give a few arguments as to why she stands her ground and believes in Pakistan.

According to Beck, “Starting with the mountains of Pakistan, one of the greatest assets that nature has bestowed on this country. Beyond the current resorts of Malam Jabba and Naltar. Why can't ski resorts dot the peak of these mountains.”

“And beyond that, looking at the beautiful landscapes views of Skardu and Hunza and Swat..... why can’t Pakistan become the next Bhutan or Nepal?” she said.

Beck continues, “With mountaineering and mountain trekking infrastructures that rival those of its neighbouring countries? With eight of the world’s 20 tallest mountains, this should be the epicentre of the world’s trekking, adventures and mountain tourism.”

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When I visited a glass bangle factory in Hyderabad, I entered a world that few people know. A world where the dainty, colourful bracelets we wear are shaped and formed from discarded glass, melted into a burning, glowing red substance and eventually painted in rooms that make you choke and reel from the smell of spray paint. The workers in the factory were proud of their craft. The man who looked like he was the line manager thanked me for showing their craft to the world. He gifted me a string of raw bangles and looked happy when I took photos of them. But he also showed me, with a wide smile that I found difficult to decipher, the scars on his arms from all the times he cut himself on the glass. Thin lines of light flesh protruded from his hands, the marks of a glass bangle maker. A woman collecting faulty bangles nearby smiled at me, and when I pointed at her arms, she quickly uncovered them to show off her battle scars. Both of them smiled as they did so. I still don’t understand why. But here’s what I want to say: hard work, and often blood, sweat and tears go into the making of Pakistan’s glass bangles. We rarely pause and think about the hands that made the jewellery that now adorns ours. Let’s do more of that. Next time you put on your sweater, your earrings or your glass bangles, think about their maker. And thank them, even just once in a lifetime, in your heart; or keep them in your prayers. ️ by @abuzarmir

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Speaking about the Hingol National Park in Balochistan, Beck said, “Why can’t this become the next Grand Canyon?”

About the beaches in the province, Beck believes, the entire coast of the Arabian Sea with the right attitude and vision could become one of the world’s prime beach destinations for the seasons. “Imagine five-star resorts, private islands and beach shacks lining the beautiful coastline.”